Reputation management

Amazon’s new FC Ambassadors program is bad social media strategy

Amazon might be the master of ecommerce and, increasingly, just about everything else. But following the discovery that the company is employing workers to defend it on social media, it is clear that Amazon has yet to master the art of reputation management on social media.

The past several years have been especially prosperous for Amazon, and 2018 has seen the company’s fortunes – as well as that of its founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos – rise to new heights.

Kodak demonstrates why brands should tread carefully with blockchain initiatives

Fueled by the dramatic rise and, more recently, fall in prices of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether, the blockchain is all the buzz.

While some believe that cryptocurrencies are in a bubble the likes of which the world has never before seen, many, including major companies in a variety of industries, also believe that the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies has legitimate and meaningful uses that could benefit if not revolutionize the way they do business.

How big brands coped with social media crises

You can tell a lot about someone by how they cope in a crisis.

The same goes for brands. Some rise to the challenge like a champion, coolly brushing off the possibility of any long-term damage to reputation, while others flounder in the face of public outrage – sent with their tail between their legs onto Twitter’s version of the naughty step.

Can Wells Fargo’s new brand platform help it restore consumer trust?

Wells Fargo has paid a hefty price for its fake account scandal.

While the bank has fired more than 5,000 employees implicated in the scandal, clawed back $75m in compensation from executives it blamed for the fraud, and agreed to pay $110m to settle a class action lawsuit over its opening of more than a million unauthorized customer accounts, consumers apparently aren’t willing to forgive the company, at least not yet.

Five keys to managing your online reputation in Google search

Managing your online reputation in search is not something you can leave to chance. What are the key things you should consider?

UC Davis (part of the University of California) is an example of what happens when things go wrong: the school was reportedly forced to spend $175,000 to help clean up negative references about it that appeared online after an incident when student protesters were sprayed with pepper spray by campus police.

Digital advertising is totally out of control

In the drive to maximize reach and efficiency, advertisers have embraced an increasingly complex digital ad ecosystem that is more and more automated and opaque.

Now, at a time when consumers are demonstrating heightened concern about hate speech, offensive content, and social and political issues, advertisers are learning the hard way that they have helped create a monster they aren’t in control of.

Digital crisis comms: How TfL’s social media team copes with Tube strikes

If you’ve ever experienced London in the midst of a Tube strike, you’ll know that it can be a lot trickier to get around the city

London Underground handles almost 5m passenger journeys per day and when there’s a strike all those people have to find alternative means of transport. Inevitably commuters become frustrated and turn to social media for information or to vent their anger.